HEALTH

Mumbai is warm throughout the year so take care of sunburns & sunstrokes if you are not accustomed to heat. Sunscreen is a must. It's also a dusty and polluted city so people all tourists should stick to air-conditioned cars and restaurants. All kinds of medicines are readily available throughout Mumbai at all medical stores. There are 24 hour open ones as well. Hospitals, dispensaries, clinics are spread all throughout and medical care (world class !!) is extremely cheap compared to most parts of the world.

SAFETY 

Tourists should travel to Mumbai with a sense of caution. It’s a city in which visitors must use their street smartness in order to remain safe. For example, it’s never a good idea to travel anywhere in India alone. Though it is not very common for tourists to be victims of any sort of violent crime, but it happens sometimes – and when it does, it is usually against tourists who are traveling alone. Also ,do not reveal too much information about yourself, your travel plans to any third person like Hotel receptionists, room service or taxi drivers. Do not accept any drinks from people who you just befreinded in a pub or a club, use of sedatives is rampant in India. Do not get friendly with people even though how elite they may be,there is always a chance of harm,so be careful,especially females. 

It is advisable to be in lit and touristy areas post 10 pm. Have a care ride at hand.  There are certain areas of India in which the United States has issued a warning against visiting, but Mumbai is not currently one of them. The warning is due to the fact that there have been terrorist activities in many areas of India.But recently cases of sexual assaults, gangrapes have been widely reported from all over the country, so make sure you do not travel alone.

It is also desirable that tourists do not rent cars to travel from city to city in India. The roads in India are highly congested, not maintained very well and it is not a common thing for locals to do to drive down between cities like in the Western countries. They usually go by air (very cheap - if booked in advance can be USD 50 and worst case 150 -200 USD per flight) or the train.

One of the most common crimes to guard against is pick pocketing. It’s very common for tourists get pick-pocketed in crowded areas. Best to not display money or other valuable items. Other forms of crime which occur often in Mumbai include fraud, theft, robbery, assault, and burglary. . Foreign tourists are often approached by people claiming to hold some official position, with fake documentations to prove the claim. Scammers can be very clever, sometimes acquiring the name of a tourist from his/her hotel. So please do not entertain any body who approaches you on his own!

 You should keep the emergency numbers handy while you are travelling in India.

100 - Police control room

1091 - Women help line (works across India)

181 - Women help line ( Supposed to work across India)

108 - Emergency help line

103 - Women safety helpline (Mumbai only)

The government of India is coming with a panic button in all phones bought in India post January 2017. If you are in trouble in India, dial 112 post January 2017. Otherwise you can dial the emergency numbers above to get connected to the police control room. However, emergency numbers doesn't always work in India because of different states, different rules etc. 

One might want to keep an emergency app like ruly ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/de... ) handy and feed in 3 emergency contacts. What it does it that it connects you to the nearest police station, without having to dial the control room, and you can seek help straight away. It also sends an alert with your location and address to your emergency contacts. They have 11,000 police stations covered out of the total 15,000 big police stations in India. You just have to press the power button twice to activate it.

Your nearest police station is usually best equipped and most likely to help you. So knowing its phone number would help.